Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative [NOOK Book]

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Since its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal's Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts. Narratology is a systematic account of narrative techniques, methods, their transmission, and reception, in which Bal distills years of study of the ways in which we understand both literary and non-literary works.



In this third edition, Bal updates the book to include more analysis of film narratives ...

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Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative

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Overview

Since its first publication in English in 1985, Mieke Bal's Narratology has become the international classic and comprehensive introduction to the theory of narrative texts. Narratology is a systematic account of narrative techniques, methods, their transmission, and reception, in which Bal distills years of study of the ways in which we understand both literary and non-literary works.



In this third edition, Bal updates the book to include more analysis of film narratives while also sharpening and tightening her language to make it the most readable and student-friendly edition to date. Bal also introduces new sections that treat and clarify several modernist texts that pose narratological challenges. With changes prompted by ten years of feedback from scholars and teachers, Narratology remains the most important contribution to the study of the way narratives work, are formed, and are received.

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence R. Schehr
'The book is an excellent introduction to narratology. It is clearly and concisely written, and it explains the categories of narratology in a straightforward fashion.'
Joan Dargan
'The clarity of the exposition and the open, unobtrusive acknowledgment of sources in the text will encourage students to read important related works of theory with the benefit of an already established and solidly constructed frame of reference.'
Uri Margolin
'Narratology, Second Edition, is a rich, highly instructive and eminently readable text which preserves the achievements of the first edition while adding many new valuable dimensions and perspectives.'
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'The clarity of the exposition and the open, unobtrusive acknowledgment of sources in the text will encourage students to read important related works of theory with the benefit of an already established and solidly constructed frame of reference.'

'Narratology, Second Edition, is a rich, highly instructive and eminently readable text which preserves the achievements of the first edition while adding many new valuable dimensions and perspectives.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442692220
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/23/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,244,856
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mieke Bal is Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 3
Remarks and Sources 15
1 Text: Words 16
The Narrator 19
Non-Narrative Comments 31
Description 36
Levels of Narration 43
2 Story: Aspects 78
Sequential Ordering 80
Rhythm 99
Frequency 111
From Actors to Characters 114
From Place to Space 132
Focalization 142
Visual Stories 161
3 Fabula: Elements 175
Events 182
Actors 195
Time 208
Location 214
4 Afterword: Theses on the Use of Narratology for Cultural Analysis 220
For Those Who Wish to Know More 225
Appendix on Quoted Dutch Novelists 229
Bibliography 233
Index of Names and Titles 241
Index of Concepts 247
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